The Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame inducted six people with a distinct news flavor, covering stories around the world at the 19th Annual Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame Gala. The sold-out event, presented by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, took place on Thursday, September 24th at WNED-TV.
Heading the class of 2015 was former CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti. She is joined by WKBW-TV Anchor Keith Radford, former WJYE-FM Morning Host/Operations Manager Joe Chille, WBBZ-TV Owner Phil Arno, WIVB-TV Photojournalist Mike Mombrea, Jr. and the late Jerry Fedell, former television news director at both WKBW-TV and WGRZ-TV.
In addition to the induction ceremony, Buffalo Broadcasters Association Student Board Member Carl Lam presented the Tim Russert Medal of Merit to Dan Schrack, a broadcast journalism student who is currently attending Niagara County Community College.
â€œEach member of the Class of 2015 has made such a significant impact in broadcasting in their own unique way,â€ said Heidi Raphael, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and vice president of corporate communication at Greater Media. â€œWe are proud to induct them into the Hall of Fame.â€
WBBZ-TV Promotion/Production Director John DiSciuillo served as the master of ceremonies with local music legend Ken Kaufman as his sidekick providing the music.
The mission of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association is to preserve Buffaloâ€™s rich broadcasting history and honor those who have contributed to its success through its archive project. The organization is also dedicated to supporting, guiding and encouraging new generations of broadcasters.